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piecework,

work for which the laborer is paid on the basis of the amount of work done. The system is best adapted to standardized operations in which quantity is preferred to quality. Its advocates maintain that it pays the worker according to his ability. Its opponents argue that it tends to pay the best worker what he would receive on a time basis, while other workers receive less than they would by the hour and that it forces the pace of work. In the United States the 1949 amendment to the Fair Labor Standards ActFair Labor Standards Act
or Wages and Hours Act,
passed by the U.S. Congress in 1938 to establish minimum living standards for workers engaged directly or indirectly in interstate commerce, including those involved in production of goods bound for such commerce.
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 in effect required that pieceworkers be paid at least the minimum wage.

piecework

[′pēs‚wərk]
(industrial engineering)
Work paid for in accordance with the amount done rather than the hours taken.

piecework

work paid for according to the quantity produced
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Since all women pieceworkers operate on a local level therefore they could not become part of professional organizations and other formal business networks.
Women pieceworkers in this case are little at ease because of their independence enjoying in their work.
It is concluded and established from the narratives of the study participants that women pieceworkers are committed to their work however their performance has been affected by many economic, social, cultural and administrative factors.
Furthermore, lack of government interest and political will for positive intervention in the business enterprises of these pieceworkers were perceived as important factors in the underdevelopment of their small scale enterprises.
This study aimed to investigate factors that negatively influence the entrepreneurial capacity of women pieceworker in Tehsil Katlong, District Mardan of Pakistan.
The findings of the study are useful in mainstreaming the role of women pieceworker as a potential contributor to domestic and national economies of Pakistan.
Mr Bond said the increase for pieceworkers amounted to nearly 35% and would rise again next April when they would be entitled to 120% of NMW.
This definition incorporates the following groups: all domestics; employers, wage earners, and pieceworkers in establishments with five or fewer workers, with the exception of certain branches defined as formal; and self-employed and unpaid workers, except professionals, as defined in the Mexican classification of occupations.
The reason for their similarity is that the third method uses establishment size as the basis for classification, while the fourth uses the same criterion (in addition to some other factors) to determine what portion of business owners, salaried workers, and pieceworkers participate informally.
In the cities, it was common for children under 12 to work long hours for $2 to $5 a week as factory pieceworkers, messengers, janitors, "tail-end" boys on wagons, and stock boys in stores.
A 1913 study complained of the "almost uniform lack of records of any description for the pieceworkers, in either the California or the Maryland canneries.
A pieceworker shall receive no less than 15% over his regular hourly rate, provided he has made an honest effort on the job.'13